2020-03-25 11:51:54

Madrid’s Ice Rink Turned to Morgue as Spain Exceeds China in Coronavirus Deaths

Democracy Now! goes to Madrid, Spain, one of the epicenters of the pandemic in Europe, where health workers account for nearly 14% of the country’s infections. Many face limited availability of protective equipment.

So many people have died that Madrid’s municipal funeral home has stopped collecting bodies.

A large ice rink is now being used as a makeshift morgue, and the government plans to extend the state of emergency by another 15 days in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“If Madrid was a country, it would actually be fifth in terms of death rate in the entire world,” says María Carrión, journalist and former Democracy Now! news producer.

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